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Wooden Jet Plane

Wooden Jet Plane

I was walking around the mall the other day and noticed a metal plane decoration. My immediate thought was “I can make that”. So I did.. well with some slight modifications, the first being my plane was made out of wood and not metal. I 

Travel Chess Set

Travel Chess Set

I got bored and decided to make a chess set.

Discrete Logic Clock Update

Discrete Logic Clock Update

It has been a long time since I posted last about my digital clock, but it’s finished, and here’s what it looks like.

It has been transformed from the schematics and breadboard to fully custom design circuit boards. The circuits boards have everything built onto them and only require a 9V+ DC power supply to operate.

It was a big jump having only made one PCB before making this one. I changed software and made 3D models of every part, which helped when designing the case. The case has a laser cut front panel and fully 3D printed enclosure. And of course, they all feature my little logo on them somewhere.

If I was to make a clock again I probably wouldn’t make another one out of pure logic. It’s a great thing to be able to and I proved it’s possible, but it increases the number of components and reduces the number of extras that can be added easily. In saying that, I think this would be a great project for anyone who wants to make something practical and that works but without having to program anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project, it was a good break from university work but allowed me to learn new things and improve my current skill set. Let me know what you think, or if you tried building on yourself!

Discrete Logic Clock

Discrete Logic Clock

Most digital clocks these days are made from microcontrollers, but I wanted an added challenge to use it using only logic chips trying to focus on using the TTL (74xx series) integrated circuits. So, my plan was to design and build a digital clock using 

My First Drone

I bought myself a drone for Christmas. Check out what I thought about it!

UOWM Meets IEEE

UOWM Meets IEEE

I recently became a member of the University of Wollongong Motorsport (UOW Motorsport) team, which was a massive thing for me considering how much I like Motorsport. inside the Motorsport team I am working on building the brand new Electric vehicle (EV). This is the first year the team has decided to develop an electric race-car (EV) and I am lucky enough that I am a part of that process, which is bloody awesome in my eyes. Haven’t you ever wanted to say, “Yeah I made that”, or “Without me that might never have happened”. And to go with all of this I was also invited to represent the team at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) convention this year. IEEE is an international professional organisation that dedicates themselves to advancing technology. UOW Motorsport was invited to show off the cool stuff us student do, as well as the entire team.

The competition the team enters is F SAE or Formula Student overseas. F SAE is an international competition that started back in the 80s and only a few teams to now with around 200+ teams around the world. UOW Motorsport managed to come first in Australasia in 2016 and are presently ranked 9th in the world. Now that was an impressive statistic to keep telling people during the convention, and I was surprised myself when I heard it. Like I am now a part of a top-ranking team, how cool!

The convention was about showing off what awesome work the students had done over the years, and for the IEEE clubs, societies and companies to show off what they have done and to give tips and tricks on how to improve. Being at first year and brand new into the team made it a little harder to make the most out of the event but I still met heaps of awesome people from all over the world and made plenty of cool contacts. People from other universities loved to come over and find out about the project as well as show off what some of their students have done too. This is one awesome way to connect with like-minded people and network with industry professionals.

The weekend was more than just the convention though as afterwards I could meet up with friends I hadn’t seen in ages and bond with some of my team mates. It was awesome being able to eat a full big meal, while bantering with new friends. It is also a great feeling when you are hungry and the waiter brings over a massive plate with a schnitzel that covered the plate completely, and huge Haus made pretzels from the Bavarian Cafe. I enjoyed the entire experience and would totally recommend, especially if you enjoy having a 2+ litre beer tower or a glass the size of your head. But overall, I have an awesome time and can’t wait for the next event I get invited to 😀

For more information on what UOW Motorsport does check out our website and follow us on social media to see how we go at comp this year, and see if the electric car I worked on makes it. (http://www.uowmotorsport.com/)

Easter Show 2K17

Easter Show 2K17

It’s Easter time, and I’m finally on a break from University.

W100 Welcome

W100 Welcome

As Westpac turns 200, they welcome the first 200 scholars into their network, and I am one of those lucky few.

Welcome to UOW

Welcome to UOW

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It’s been a few weeks since I moved down to Wollongong for university. It has been a wonderful experience so far. I have made new friends, scoped out the cool places to eat, weird places to study and found out some of the important school stuff too.

I moved down a few weeks before the uni session started, this allowed me to get to know the place before jumping straight into study. The first week I stayed mostly in my room setting up everything and figuring out all of the items I left at home and still need to buy. I finally did end up leaving my room after the first week, and meeting 2 other Andrew’s and a few other people, including a nerd that didn’t get angry when I interrupted them reading.

UOW Map

As session started, I explored campus to find out where all my classes and lectures were so I didn’t get lost as much, especially since the building numbers at UOW makes no sense – like why is building 6 next to building 43? I am just glad that the room numbering system makes some sense. It wasn’t too hard to find out where the buildings are located, especially when I only need to remember 5 or so buildings, and if I need to find somewhere else I’ll just end up looking up the campus map.

Once session started it was quite awkward because I didn’t know anyone doing my degree. The good thing was everyone at uni is friendly and wants to make friends, and these are the friends that you make for life – well that’s what everyone keeps saying, hopefully that’s true. I have already met people doing mechatronic engineering and even a person doing the exact same degree.

The one thing that I found difficult was getting back into study. Even though I went straight from high school to university, there was still a few months between the two. It meant I fell into a bad sleeping pattern and that just relaxing as high school was finally over. I am starting to adjust back to the study and going to bed at a reasonable time, which is good.

Overall my start to university has been great! I’ve made friends across the entire university and different faculties, friends where I am living, and all over Wollongong. Even though I struggled getting back into studying, I am enjoying what I am learning – a massive change from the subjects you were forced to study back in high school.

 

Creating a Website

Creating a Website

This is the my first website that I have published, and this is how I went about creating it all.